A lawyer who was suspended for telling a joke likening Africans to cannibals has won a discrimination case against his legal firm because he was suffering from mental health issues at the time, a tribunal has ruled. Chairman Colin Flanagan tried to persuade him to take some time off so he could come back to work refreshed, but Mr Taplin struggled to stay away from the office. The offices of Freeth's in Derby, where Mr Taplin worked as a solicitor for 19 yearsIn October 2017 Mr Taplin agreed to take a seven month sabbatical. The hearing was told that at the conference Mr Taplin and another partner, Ian Tempest, gave speeches which contained 'inappropriate' material. The tribunal concluded that Mr Flanagan had used his influence to have Mr Taplin suspended and had withheld medical details from the committee.
Source: Daily Mail May 04, 2021 12:08 UTC